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Josh Hart
Josh Hart, Knicks extend deadline on player option
Sat, Jun 24, 2023, 8:11 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Josh Hart and the Knicks have agreed to extend his Sunday deadline to Thursday for his $12.9 million player option.
Analysis: According to Woj, Hart could still opt in or he could opt out and sign a new deal with New York. The Knicks want to make re-signing Hart a priority this off-season after a productive end-of-season run with New York.
Derrick Rose
Report: Knicks won't exercise Derrick Rose option
Sat, Jun 24, 2023, 12:06 PM
Steve Popper on Twitter
The Knicks will not pick up the option on Derrick Rose's contract, making him an unrestricted free agent on June 30.
Analysis: Long a favorite of Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau, Rose spent the majority of last season out of the rotation. And with Jalen Brunson, Immanuel Quickley, and Miles McBride all under contract for 2023-23, that situation wasn't going to change. Rose, who has been lauded for his professionalism and leadership despite falling out of the rotation, will have the opportunity to join another team when free agency begins. According to Newsday's Steve Popper, the door has not been closed on a return to New York, either. Should that happen, Rose would likely be paid the veteran minimum.
Josh Hart
Josh Hart will 'probably' decline player option
Tue, Jun 6, 2023, 6:58 PM
Bleacher Report on Twitter
Josh Hart stated in a recent interview that he will "probably" opt out of the final season of his current deal to become an unrestricted free agent.
Analysis: Hart's comment comes as no surprise; if anything, using the word "probably" was a bit conservative on his part. He was a key cog for the Knicks in their run to the second round of the playoffs after being acquired at the trade deadline, likely earning himself more money in the process. Hart also said that he hopes to remain with the Knicks, and getting a deal done would be a positive for both sides given his impact. Hart would have made a little under $13 million had he picked up his player option for next season; he stands to command more in free agency.
Julius Randle
Julius Randle undergoes arthroscopic ankle surgery
Sat, Jun 3, 2023, 9:48 AM
NY Knicks PR on Twitter
The Knicks announced that Julius Randle underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle on Friday.
Analysis: Randle, who initially injured his left ankle late in the regular season, was hampered by the issue throughout the team's playoff run. The two-time All-Star reinjured his ankle during Game 5 of the Knicks' first-round series against the Cavaliers and did not look like himself at all during the second round. According to the team, Randle is expected to resume basketball activities at some point this summer. He finished this season as a top 75 player in 9-cat formats, rebounding after a disappointing 2021-22 campaign. Having a full season with Jalen Brunson under his belt should help Randle maintain that status, if not exceed it, in 2023-24.
Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier expects to be traded this offseason
Sat, May 13, 2023, 11:34 AM
NY Daily News
During his exit interview on Saturday, Evan Fournier said he's "gonna get traded" this offseason.
Analysis: Fournier, who has one guaranteed season remaining on his contract, fell out of the rotation in mid-November and ultimately appeared in just 27 regular season games. Obviously, the change in role was a frustrating turn of events for a veteran who started all 80 games he appeared in during the 2021-22 season. With that being the case, it's understandable that Fournier doesn't expect the Knicks to keep him for the 2023-24 campaign. "You know I’m not gonna be back," Fournier said. "There’s no way they’re gonna keep me. I would be very surprised if they do. So, we’ll see. It’s obviously not in my hands though." Fournier's contract could make him an attractive player to include in a deal that would boost the Knicks' rotation. He'll need a move in order to have any relevance as far as fantasy basketball is concerned because the minutes won't be there in New York.
Jalen Brunson
Jalen Brunson goes off for 41 in closeout loss
Fri, May 12, 2023, 9:25 PM
Jalen Brunson finished Friday’s loss to Miami with 41 points, four rebounds, three assists and five triples.
Analysis: Brunson delivered his fourth 30-point performance of the series, the second-most in Knicks history for a single series. He was huge with big shot after big shot, but in the final minute with a chance to tie or take the lead, Brunson dribbled into a double-team and turned the ball over. Jimmy Butler’s ensuing free throws essentially ended the game, so it was a sad ending to a spectacular game for the emerging star. Brunson was huge in last season’s playoffs while filling in for Luka Doncic, but this year’s playoffs were his true coming-out party. He averaged 31.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.3 dimes and 2.5 triples against Miami, and we’ve got a feeling this is only the beginning of Brunson’s run of big playoff performances.
Immanuel Quickley
Immanuel Quickley (ankle) downgraded to out Friday
Fri, May 12, 2023, 5:05 PM
Steve Popper on Twitter
Immanuel Quickley (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out for Game 6 against Miami on Friday.
Analysis: Quickley was initially listed as doubtful, so this isn’t surprising. Quentin Grimes played a much larger role than Josh Hart in their last game, so he should be in for big minutes once again.
Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier (illness) off injury report Friday
Thu, May 11, 2023, 6:36 PM
NBA Injury Report
Evan Fournier (illness) is not on the injury report for Game 6 against the Heat on Friday.
Analysis: Fournier isn't part of New York's rotation regardless of his health, so his return won't impact anyone's minutes.
Immanuel Quickley
Immanuel Quickley (ankle) doubtful Friday vs. MIA
Thu, May 11, 2023, 4:44 PM
Fred Katz on Twitter
Immanuel Quickley is doubtful for Friday's tilt with the Heat due to a sprained left ankle.
Analysis: Quentin Grimes has logged 90 total minutes over the Knicks' last two games with IQ on the shelf, so expect him to be on the court early and often Friday.
RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett scores 26 as Knicks take Game 5 at home
Wed, May 10, 2023, 9:32 PM
RJ Barrett managed 26 points (8-of-17 FG), seven rebounds, two assists and a block in Wednesday’s win over the Heat.
Analysis: Against all odds, the typically inefficient Barrett has been white hot for most of the playoffs, and he continued his productive run Wednesday. He finished behind only Jalen Brunson (38 points) for most points scored in the contest, and he’s scored at least 20 in four of five contests in the second-round series with Miami. If Barrett can stay hot and Julius Randle can be a consistent offensive option, New York will be hard to beat. They’ll look to stave off elimination Friday in Miami and send the series back home for a winner-take-all Game 7.
Jalen Brunson
He's him: Jalen Brunson torches Heat for 38/9/7
Wed, May 10, 2023, 9:20 PM
Jalen Brunson finished Wednesday’s win over the Heat with a game-high 38 points to go with nine rebounds, seven assists and four triples.
Analysis: Brunson shot an efficient 12-of-22 from the floor and 10-of-12 from the charity stripe in what can only be described as a masterpiece. The Heat came roaring back late in the fourth quarter, but every time they got within striking distance, Brunson came through with a timely bucket. He’s been carrying this Knicks team all postseason, and even with Julius Randle and RJ Barrett combining for 50, the Knicks played another game down to the wire. Randle and Barrett will need to be big in Game 6 on Friday, but New York goes as Brunson goes, so his play will be pivotal in keeping the team’s postseason chances alive.
Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier (illness) downgraded to out Weds.
Wed, May 10, 2023, 5:54 PM
NY Knicks PR on Twitter
Evan Fournier (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Heat.
Analysis: Fournier hasn't been in the rotation since the calendar flipped to 2023, so his absence will not impact the Knicks in that regard.
Immanuel Quickley
Immanuel Quickley (ankle) downgraded to out Weds.
Wed, May 10, 2023, 4:50 PM
Brian Lewis on Twitter
Immanuel Quickley (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Heat.
Analysis: The Knicks will look to stave off elimination without one of their best reserves, as Quickley has been ruled out for a second consecutive game. While Miles McBride did move into the rotation in Game 4, he only played four minutes. Look for Quentin Grimes and Josh Hart to play even more than usual, with the latter needing to avoid the foul trouble that limited him to 22 minutes on Monday.
Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier (illness) questionable Wednesday
Wed, May 10, 2023, 10:58 AM
NBA Injury Report
Evan Fournier (illness) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 5 matchup against the Heat.
Analysis: Fournier hasn't seen a minute of game action since the playoffs began. In fact, the veteran guard has only played in four games since mid-February so any potential absence of his won't be felt as the Knicks try and stay alive in the series.
Immanuel Quickley
Immanuel Quickley (ankle) doubtful for Game 5
Tue, May 9, 2023, 3:46 PM
Marc Spears on Twitter
Immanuel Quickley (left ankle sprain) is doubtful for Game 5 against the Heat on Wednesday.
Analysis: Quickley also missed Game 4 due to this ankle injury from Game 3. Quentin Grimes started at shooting guard, with Josh Hart only playing 22 minutes off the bench because of foul trouble. Miles McBride only played four minutes, so don't expect him to benefit from Quickley's likely continued absence.
RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett scores efficient 24, Knicks lose again
Mon, May 8, 2023, 9:57 PM
RJ Barrett finished with 24 points (9-of-16 FG), four rebounds, three assists, a steal and three triples in Monday’s 109-101 loss to Miami.
Analysis: Barrett had been on a roll prior to the Knicks’ Game 3 loss, in which he posted just 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting. He bounced back in this one with one of his most efficient shooting performances of the playoffs, which included a 3-of-3 mark from the charity stripe and a 3-of-5 mark from three-point range. After a rough two games to start the playoffs, Barrett has shot nearly 50% over the last seven. He’s been far more efficient in the postseason than he was in the regular season, but that hasn’t led to much success in the second round against Miami. Barrett will look to keep it going Wednesday as the Knicks face elimination at Madison Square Garden.
Jalen Brunson
Jalen Brunson's big double-double not enough
Mon, May 8, 2023, 9:45 PM
Jalen Brunson turned in 32 points, 11 assists, four rebounds, a steal and two triples Monday in the Knicks’ loss to the Heat.
Analysis: The 32 points represent Brunson’s highest-scoring effort of the 2023 postseason, and he’s now reached the 30-point mark in two of his last three. The assists are also his most of this year’s playoffs, and despite the monster double-double, New York wasn’t able to overcome the strong defense and productive bench of Miami. Now down 3-1 in the series, the Knicks will head back home for a win-or-go-home Game 5 on Wednesday.
Quentin Grimes
NYK starting Brunson, Grimes, RJ, Randle, Mitch
Mon, May 8, 2023, 6:02 PM
Steve Popper on Twitter
The Knicks will start Jalen Brunson, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson against the Heat on Monday.
Analysis: Grimes moves back into the starting unit, which pushes Josh Hart back to the bench. Both guys will play massive minutes, with Immanuel Quickley out for this game.
Immanuel Quickley
Immanuel Quickley (ankle) downgraded to out Monday
Mon, May 8, 2023, 5:07 PM
Nick Friedell on Twitter
Immanuel Quickley (sprained left ankle) has been downgraded to out for Game 4 against the Heat on Monday.
Analysis: Quickley exited early from their last game and was seen wearing a boot on his left foot before Monday’s game. He’s still considered day-to-day, but a boot isn’t the best sign for his potential availability in Game 5. Miles McBride may fill some of Quickley’s minutes, but Jalen Brunson will likely just see 40+ minutes.
Immanuel Quickley
Immanuel Quickley (ankle) doubtful Monday vs. Heat
Sun, May 7, 2023, 4:10 PM
Ira Winderman on Twitter
Immanuel Quickley (sprained left ankle) is doubtful for Game 4 against the Heat on Monday.
Analysis: Quickley exited early from Game 3 after injuring his ankle, and it appears that he'll remain sidelined for Game 4. Tom Thibodeau isn't one to shy away from players seeing big minutes, so Jalen Brunson will likely play over 40 minutes if Quickley is indeed sidelined. Thibs may turn to Deuce McBride for a few minutes, but Brunson will likely play the majority of the game, as long as it's within reach.


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